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Of God and goldfish.

October 27, 2011

“Ma’am” he says sheepishly with a thick Appalacia accent. I turn from blogging, my camera still hooked to the computer. “ma’am… ummm… there are goldfish in your driveway. Where would you like um.” These workers are an interesting sort but even this confuses me.
“What the heck are you talking about?”  I eject my camera and wonder what  is going to happen next around here.  Will I even get this post typed out?
“Well… ya had that pond… the goldfish pond? and we didn’t know you had goldfish in it… we poured it out in the driveway and well… there are goldfish all down your driveway. Is there anywhere you would like um?” He just stands there holding the door open. Just stands there in the rain.

“Let me get my boots.” I abandon the post I just know I am supposed to write. This one, which I will get too… but goldfish are in my driveway… and well.. I need to get my boots.
I come around the corner to a man with a shovel and a bucket…”The names David, David Frank two names one great guy…” Yes he really said that.
“Well David, David Frank it sounds like you have a goldfish problem….”
“I caught all your fish I put them in your other pond.” I will save you the twenty minute conversation I had in the rain with David,David Frank while he explained how he had no idea there were goldfish in my goldfish pond.
You can imagine it was riveting.

Now onto the original post which must be so important for you to know…that goldfish would be dumped in my driveway to distract me from finishing it… But hang the goldfish I will finish this post….

Dear ……,
When I go to a still spot to find Him…. I ask what would He want me to pray for. For three weeks now, it has been about you. I know this and that about you but not enough to pray specifically. When tragedy struck I felt even more then I had before… He is thinking about you. He thinks about you so much He tells others to hold you up in prayer. When they come to Him to discuss His wants and ways…He says your name. Your name.
your name.
So when you wonder if your motivation is in the right spot…or you are being selfish in your prayers… He is saying your name to others. You wonder if the church is with you and if the community has formed around you…. He is speaking your name to others.
It amazes me and makes me realize. My God speaks our names. His desire is for His people. When self tells me, at times I am going alone; My God is speaking my name to others and I may not know it yet. But I am now remembering…many times in the past other names have been placed on my heart…because God spoke that persons name to me. I heard it because He first spoke it to me. So many people on this earth like a zillion tiny drops in a vast ocean…. and He takes the time to speak our individual names.
So this is what I want you to know. He is speaking your name to others… you may not know it every second… but I am telling you I heard your name. I have prayed for you and your family. Because I heard,when He took the time from His entire world, when He stopped…
your name.
Be Blessed,


Everyone needs to know this. It is something so intimate and profound … I have been driven to distraction all day…. So just remember… He speaks your name.
something so simple…so obvious… so individual and vulnerable….your name.

21 Comments leave one →
  1. October 27, 2011 1:37 pm

    T…just beautiful and warms my heart…I was just sitting this morning…amazed how God comes and awakens me to pray for “strangers” …sister’s I don’t know…this strange blog world I have just entered…the body…His body…all together…knit by His Spirit…
    You bless me…T

    • October 27, 2011 4:34 pm

      true the world is a changing place and the internet has expanded the concept of community.
      It will all never be the same…and that isn’t a bad thing.

  2. October 27, 2011 1:53 pm

    oh how I needed to be reminded of this. Again and again.
    So many times at night when I am awakened and see a face, a whisper of a name.
    I forget that others may do the same for me, for my daughter.
    The moving trailer will be here in awhile.
    With all the men in the family, and the special oldest sister. Home again. Weary to the bone.
    But Comforted in Gods word, and goldfish in the driveway……. bet youll never hear that sentence again!

    • October 27, 2011 4:35 pm

      it is funny to be sure. I was baffled that he literally meant goldfish in my driveway.
      Good luck with the moving.. we have done our fair share it is hard work!

  3. October 27, 2011 5:39 pm

    ok, i am very happy the goldfish are saved…i have a soft spot for them…
    there is something personal and intimate in the use of a name…and that he speaks our name semms mighty appropriate…

    • October 27, 2011 5:46 pm

      I think there is something poetic…now that I think about it that man went out and picked up each little goldfish in the driveway.

  4. October 27, 2011 8:22 pm

    The very idea that He knows my name, that He speaks my name into the hearts of others is miraculous to me. Thank you for the beautiful reminder.
    P.S. I do hope the gold fish are all right!

    • October 27, 2011 8:48 pm

      Yes I believe the goldfish are fine,lol.
      I am glad you could grasp Him speaking your name.

  5. October 27, 2011 9:47 pm

    So need to remember that He knows my name. I am His.

  6. October 28, 2011 1:23 am

    Hi T – wow, what a beautiful post, right from the goldfish, to He speaks your name. I know sometimes people’s names are dropped into my mind so why not believe that sometimes my names is dropped into the hearts and minds of others? Great post. Thank you T for linking up with me at winsome wednesday. Because you did, I found your blog. Hope you join me next week again and I look forward to your next adventure!
    God bless

  7. October 28, 2011 7:28 am

    Crazy just so absolutely crazy. Something similair happened to me , not in fish but in note form… Makes sense. Now.

    • October 28, 2011 11:02 am

      umm… what note?
      I need more then that.
      calling you..who is kidding who …HeyTelling you in a moment.

  8. October 28, 2011 10:50 am

    He speaks my name… such a revolutionary idea that could revolutionize a heart.
    How often has a child longed to hear their name mentioned by mom or dad…to be considered special….
    He speaks my name… Bless you Jesus!
    Thank you T for the Goldfish story and how God cares….

  9. October 28, 2011 1:23 pm

    What a beautiful letter and post! I’m so glad you got to finish it . . .even when David Frank and goldfish were calling your name! 🙂
    God bless you and thank you for helping me listen whose name He is saying to me today!

  10. October 28, 2011 7:42 pm

    oh friend… i’m glad you got to write your post. i’m glad you got to remind us of the all-too important truth: he knows our name.

  11. Pastor Glenn permalink
    October 29, 2011 7:35 am

    I needed this today. Thank you.

  12. October 29, 2011 9:55 am

    It is difficult for me to wrap my head around this concept. Thank you for bringing this truth and placing it at my feet.

  13. emily m. permalink
    October 31, 2011 11:13 am

    The words He spoke to you have encouraged my often weary-tired heart, thank you for speaking them here. Indeed He does whisper our names to others when we are too exhausted to whisper our hearts to Him.

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